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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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December 9, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 421,000, a decrease of 17,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 438,000. The 4-week moving average was 427,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 431,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent for the week ending Nov. 27, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 27 was 4,086,000, a decrease of 191,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,277,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,226,000, a decrease of 64,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,290,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 582,007 in the week ending Dec. 4, an increase of 169,085 from the previous week. There were 665,685 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending Nov. 27, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,188,560, an increase of 522,787 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.1 percent and the volume was 5,400,752.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Nov. 13 was 8,297,938.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending Nov. 20.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,445 in the week ending Nov. 27, a decrease of 687 from the prior week. There were 1,574 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 981 from the preceding week.

There were 43,802 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 20, a decrease of 5,097 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,843, a decrease of 2,804 from the prior week.

States reported 3,711,136 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 20, a decrease of 233,032 from the prior week. There were 4,195,322 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 20 were in Alaska (6.1 percent), Puerto Rico (5.5), Oregon (4.4), Nevada (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), California (3.7), Idaho (3.7), Montana (3.7), New Jersey (3.7), Arkansas (3.6), Wisconsin (3.6), and Connecticut (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 27 were in Wisconsin (+7,545), Iowa (+2,789), Idaho (+1,810), Indiana (+1,667), and Washington (+1,260), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-8,742), California (-8,320), Florida (-7,027), Georgia (-5,823), and North Carolina (-4,171).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 4

Nov. 27

Change

Nov. 20

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

421,000

438,000

-17,000

410,000

483,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

582,007

412,922

+169,085

464,813

665,685

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

427,500

431,500

-4,000

436,750

486,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Nov. 27

Nov. 20

Change

Nov. 13

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,086,000

4,277,000

-191,000

4,217,000

5,305,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,188,560

3,665,773

+522,787

3,870,994

5,400,752

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,226,000

4,290,250

-64,250

4,317,750

5,489,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.2%

3.4%

-0.2

3.4%

4.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.3%

2.9%

+0.4

3.1%

4.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 27

Nov. 20

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,445

3,132

-687

1,740

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,574

2,555

-981

1,375


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 20

Nov. 13

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,654,367

3,854,813

-200,446

4,782,460

Federal Employees (UCFE)

43,802

48,899

-5,097

24,216

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,843

42,647

-2,804

33,793

EUC 20083

3,711,136

3,944,168

-233,032

4,195,322

Extended Benefits4

795,733

955,928

-160,195

431,559

State Additional Benefits 5

4,514

4,617

-103

2,529

STC / Workshare 6

48,543

58,810

-10,267

76,621

TOTAL

8,297,938

8,909,882

-611,944

9,546,500


FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data, NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 125,845,577 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 11/27/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

-8,742

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

CA

-8,320

 

A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the service industry.

FL

-7,027

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

GA

-5,823

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

NC

-4,171

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, furniture, and fabricated metals industries.

MI

-3,304

 

No comment.

NY

-3,302

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

IL

-3,093

 

A shorter workweek.

NJ

-2,644

 

A shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

SC

-2,188

 

A shorter workweek.

TN

-2,184

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

AZ

-1,963

 

A shorter workweek.

KY

-1,808

 

No comment.

CT

-1,808

 

No comment.

AL

-1,608

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

VA

-1,559

 

A shorter workweek.

OK

-1,488

 

No comment.

PA

-1,216

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.

CO

-1,127

 

No comment.

MD

-1,100

 

No comment.

LA

-1,088

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

+1,092

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AR

+1,155

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

+1,260

 

No comment.

IN

+1,667

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

ID

+1,810

 

No comment.

IA

+2,789

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

WI

+7,545

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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